Do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God. God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few.
I’ve spent much of my life either participating in or commenting on politics and there’s one thing I’ve never gotten used to: politicians who make promises – dozens, even hundreds, of them – with either no intention or no real way of carrying them out. All they’re really doing is trying to buy votes in the cheapest possible way, offering “solutions” that aren’t solutions at all.
Our whole society has become cavalier about truth and keeping one’s word. We’ve grown used to lies – from politicians especially, but others too. Because we’ve come to expect lies, we almost seem to have decided that lying is natural, like that old Clinton-era excuse, “Everyone lies about sex.”
But not bearing false witness – not lying – is one of the Ten Commandments. That’s how important it is. That’s why we take oaths on a Bible. It’s supposed to underline the importance of our being honest.
Our society would be a whole lot better off if we were all more honest. It would build trust, for one thing. It would also remind us just how careful we should be when taking a pledge or making a vow.
Promises should not be entered into lightly, because they’re meant to be kept.
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Today, think twice before making a promise. If you have any outstanding obligations, meet them, and pony up. Let’s not contribute to society’s blasé attitude toward a promise.